Barbados Seeks Western Firms For Drilling
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jan. 24 Barbados has said it will begin offering offshore blocks to international companies to look for oil.
Energy and Environment Minister Elizabeth Thompson told the House of Assembly Tuesday a British company was preparing the blocks that may be offered for public tender by the end of the first quarter of 2007.
Exploratory offshore wells drilled by Conoco five years ago were promising, she said.
We have had a number of visits and inquiries from oil moguls, big, small and aspiring and we have been able to get a feel for the level of keenest which exists on the part of these countries to pump into Barbados and get into our oil industry because the seismic data yielded by Conoco looks so promising, she said. The comments were reported by the Caribbean Media Corp…
… read the entire article at Earth Times.Org (link here)
Oil Is Big Money, Big Environmental Risks
We will point out again for about the millionth time…
1/ Barbados has no environmental laws that set any sort of standard for this project or any other potentially polluting activities by a corporation.
2/ Barbados has not been able to force Shell Oil to clean up or pay for the pipeline spills that happened in 1994. (link here) What makes the Government of Barbados so sure that they are competent to supervise offshore oil drilling now?
3/ The Government of Barbados has deliberately failed to introduce any laws requiring transparency in the tendering process or otherwise enabling citizens to hold public officials accountable. As a matter of fact, there are no laws in Barbados that prevent a public official from profiting through selling influence or government contracts.
AND THE BIG QUESTION…
How much will the oil companies pay government officials in secret
bribes “facilitation payments” or “consulting fees” that are neither illegal nor discoverable in the absence of transparency and conflict of interest laws?
Where is the Opposition Party on this? Hello? I can’t hear you!